24.01.2014 - 24.01.2014
No school on Thursdays which means we get to sleep in yay! We woke up and had a leisurely breakfast where we got to eat vegemite on toast woot woot. We then started to make plans for the day. Billy was coming for a visit at 11 and so Ashley, Lauren and I thought we could quickly duck off to the hairdressers to get our hair washed before he got there.. of course we were 15 minutes late which set the tone for the rest of the day! The water is so iffy here and hot water tends to run out before you can finish washing your hair and our shower is a hand held one and it is quite painful to hold it and wash your hair so for $3 it is so much easier to get someoone to do it for you and they do an amazing job.. I am thinking of going back and getting my hair coloured there next week It is a small Cambodian owned salon called Angkor Salon and Spa and they don't speak any English but are so lovely and with lots of hand signals and a bit of English we get across what we need
We had a lovely catch up with Billy and discussed our time here so far and our plans for dinner tomorrow night that we have organised to say thank you to our teachers and translators. We then went to this groovy little place with fake grass and hammocks where we all had BLT's for lunch before meeting Kaann for our shopping trip for the school.
Before going shopping I was supposed to meet Kaann at the guesthouse at 1.30pm and of course I was late from lunch.. (I hate being late!!) Kaann and I went up to meet Lisa as poor Ashlee had tried to get money out of the ATM and the machine took her money out of the account but didn't give it to her so she had to ring Suncorp to sort it out.. we are all sending good vibes the money is back in her account tomorrow!
Lisa, Kaann and I then went on a mission to figure out how to get these kids books printed and what a pain it has been.. we have not been able to come up with a cost effective option so if anyone has any ideas on how to print a 35 page photo book cheaply let me know! At this stage we might make two full books for each school and leave that in the library and make little books up for the children in the photo book project so they have a keepsake.
We then went to meet Sraal to buy the printers and have a look at some furniture for the school. Of course we were running late again... arrrgh! We purchased two printers for the two schools HP printers with scanner and photocopier for $265 for both.. ink is only $6 to refill so they should be sustainable for future use. Sraal was very happy with his printers and we were happy to purchase them for him.. thank you to all our friends who made it possible. We then had a look at some of the furniture but couldn't decide which would be the best bookcase to buy so we took photos and will show the librarian and administrator and they can decide. They were cheaper than we expected and were only $85-115 we are very excited that we might be able to buy everything on the list.. again thanks to everyone's generosity.
We bought a low table for the Kurata school library as they have no furniture at all.. it was very cool and we will buy all the stationary on the weekend and if money is leftover we might be able to optomistic and happy about how this is going to help the school out.
We sat around talking about what we had done and eating snacks before I decided to clean my room and organise the mountain of paperwork I had accumulated for lessons and our fundraising budget! While I was doing that Kristie and Tara came in to watch a movie - it was called "Some Girls" and it was truly the worst movie I have seen in ages.. don't watch it!
After that had finished we finally got to the little restaurant up the road called Star Rise where we had been told by the lovely Lisa that they made the best crepes and after trying them I had to agree! After dinner Kristie, Sophie and I headed into the night markets for our nightly foot massage... the best $3 I spend each day. The staff there are used to us now and chat to us and practice their English.. they are all lovely.